Homemade Pizza Night!

If we were to ask ten people to name an Italian food, we guarantee that nine out of those ten people would probably say Pizza. It's a famous dish that originated in Naples, Italy, back in the 18th or early 19th century. Story has it that the classic Margherita pizza was named after Queen Margherita, who, when visiting Naples, much preferred the simple pizza with the colours of the Italian flag, out of the three that Neapolitan pizza maker, Raffaele Esposito, made for her.

Luckily for us, you may be able to take the Italians out of Italy, but you can't take Italy out of the Italians, therefore we have been eating traditional, homemade, Italian Margherita Pizza since we were knee high to a grass hopper. We've learnt how to knead, roll and make homemade tomato sauce, from the very best, since day one. Now we are passing that knowledge, and our most treasured family recipe, onto you. It's rather difficult to accurately explain just how much this recipe means to us, but it's quite simply everything. We hope you enjoy it and that it provides you with as many happy memories as it has us. 

Ingredients to make 5 small pizzas.

For the Base:

1 Packet of dried Active Yeast.
1/2 cup of warm Water.
3 cups of Flour.
1 tsp Olive Oil.
A pinch of Salt.
1 Egg.

For the Sauce:

4 medium sized Roma Tomatoes.
1/2 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 Clove of Garlic.
A pinch of Salt.
A pinch of Pepper.
3 Basil leaves.

Shredded cheese of your choosing or pieces of Mozzarella.
Basil leaves.

How to make your Pizza Base:

1) Mix the dry active yeast with 1/2 cup of warm water.

2) Add 1 cup of flour and mix. Cover and place in a warm spot overnight.

3) The next day, pre-heat oven, simply allow it to get warm, not hot, then switch it off.

4) Once mixture has risen, add two cups of flour, 1 egg, a drop of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Combine until dough forms. The dough should be nice and soft, not too sticky but not dry.

5) Split dough into five balls, places in separate round trays (we use aluminum foil ones) cover with a clear plastic bag and leave for an hour in warm oven. (Oven should not be on)

6) Take out dough and pre-heat oven, 350. Roll out your dough on a clean floured surface.

7) Cook for 10/12 minutes on one side. - Time depends on how crispy you want your base!

8) Take pizza out and flip it over. Place tomato sauce and cheese on top and pop it back in oven for another 10-12 minutes.

How to make your own Tomato sauce:

1) Boil some water and pour it over your tomatoes, to loosen the skin and soften them.

2) Add your oil, garlic, salt, pepper and 1 basil leaf to a blender.

3) Squash tomatoes one at a time, with your hands, to get rid of the seeds. Peel the skin off - this is optional. Cut the tomatoes into small chunks and add to blender. Blend together.

4) Transfer your tomato sauce to a frying pan and let simmer. You can add a little more seasoning during this step, if you like. We have an Italian vegetable stock, we use for our sauces, it makes everything taste extra delicious. You could try a regular vegetable stock or simply season to your taste with a little more salt and pepper.

5) Once your sauce is nice and hot, turn off the heat and leave until ready to add to your pizza base.

When we make pizza at Nanna and Grandad's, it's usually one big pizza party. Once one pizza is cooked it goes straight to the table, nice fresh and warm, and is devoured before you can say 'Mamma Mia'. It becomes one big production line, as one pizza comes out of the pan (Grandad has a special pan to cook the pizza in back home, so we do it a little different) we start preparing another one and it continues until all twenty pizza's have been demolished! It is absolute heaven on earth for us.

We truly hope you can create your very own homemade pizza party with your friends and family and treasure the laughter, smiles and yumminess it brings with it!

*Here's a printable PDF link for you guys, it includes a little shopping list and the instructions of how to make Grandad's delicious Pizza! :)

Grandad's homemade pizza!




  1. That looks delicious and I love that the ingredients list for the crust is short and simple! I have to try this out. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Aww thank you for reading! Ooh please if you try it, be sure to take pictures and let us know! :) It's our most special and favourite recipe and our Grandad would be so excited to hear you've made it! :) xx

  2. Uhmmmmm YUMMMMMY! I need to try this out! Sounds delicious :) And I love the special memories it has for you, that is some of the best kinds of food :) Em xx


    1. Thank you!! We agree with you there, all of our favourite memories seem to revolve around food in some way! :) We'd love to see pictures if you make it! It really is simple once you know how to do it!